Monday, February 8, 2010

Riding a Weather system's tail!

Since this morning we seem to have stepped on the tail of an East moving weather system. So big seas, strong winds and a nice following current translating into almost 100 Nm through the day! Bit of a wild ride but the boat's holding well and miles are being eaten away so well worth getting tossed around. Lets see how long we are able to hold on to it! We have finally left the "Furious Fifties" behind and are trying to cross the "Roaring Forties" in a hurry before the next system, already forming to our West catches up with us. It is definitely getting warmer with clearer skies and a sun that actually warms you up.
          Since a lot of readers have written that they don't understand much of the sailing jargon, attaching a simplified version of the Beaufort wind scale to make things easier. This was given to me by my hosts Pip & John at Fremantle, both experienced sailors themselves. I actually find it more realistic and easy to relate to than the real Beaufort scale!


JJ said...

Hey Dilip,

Glad to hear you are getting some good Nm under your belt. Thanks for the terms explanation - something on these blogs that I can finally understand!! Loved it!! All the talk about autopilots, windvanes etc unfortunately means nought to me.

Take care Dilip.


Susan said...

I love this version of the wind scale. I've only been learning sailing jargon since following Jesse, but this, I completely understand! :)
I've wondered where you are in those storms I see on PW. I'll be pushing you along in my thoughts hoping you stay ahead of the next storm.

We had a few hours of warm sunshine today here in the pacific NW... it was blissful.

Thousands of miles between us, yet we are warmed by the same sun!

Thanks for the update!

Susan in Oregon

Toni McLean said...

Hello Dilip,
I love the scale! Like other sailors - ex-sailor in my case - I can totally relate to that. Except that I think I got to "I want my mummy" - or in my case "I'm not enjoying this and I want to go home - now!" about force 8.

Hey, travelling that fast you might catch up with Jesse - watch out for her! But enjoy riding the tiger's tail while you can!

Thanks for the update.

Wishing you as much wind as you want.


45° 31′ 0.02″ N, 73° 39′ 0.02″ W said...

नमस्ते Dilip & Mhadei,

Very funny! :-)

What would twelve (12) be if one was to transfer that Beaufort scale on an analog clock's dial? :-)


Rex said...

Good to hear about your progress, Dilip. Was anxiously waiting. Godspeed to the north and away from the bad storms.
Keep the updates coming, whenever you can.
Best wishes,
Rex Gibbons
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Mike_trrac said...

Hi Dilip

Glad to hear you are flying along - very exhilerating!. It must be good to have a reliable autopilot again in such weather.
The beaufort scale will never seem the same again - what a wonderful explanation.
All the best for an exciting but not panic-filled trip.


Mike (Avoca Beach, NSW)

SaltyDog said...

Commander Donde,

Your Beaufort scale is fantastic. I think it’s very accurate and easy to relate to. It’s great to hear that you are making such good headway although it probably hasn’t been particularly comfortable. I’m sure the Roaring Forties will live up to their name. The good news is you should make good progress but the bad news is that it won’t be the most relaxed sailing conditions. It sounds like Jessica experienced the edge of a strong front a couple of days ago. She made her way quite a ways north to try to avoid as much of the real intense weather as possible. It probably tacked on quite a few extra miles, but hopefully will make things a bit more comfortable. It’s always great to hear from you, Dilip, especially when you have good news for us. Keep up the good work.

From Seattle, WA, USA

rishi singh said...
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rishi singh said...


Cdr.. indeed great version of the wind scale...hope u dun't miss u'r mama much in the trip.

regards n best wishes

Lalit Attri said...

Hi Dilip

What a pleasure to read your update. Pls don't get us in anxiety by keeping quiet so long.
Even a one liner will do. The day you are not in a mood for that the posn. pic will do.

Beaufort scale chart is a blast.
Someone wanted to know about scale 12.
I guess that should be easy.
12 - Mommmmy change my diaper pleeze.

Godspeed and tail force 6.


SUBIR said...

The scale is great.
Try this brain test - it tells you how you think, right vs left, feminine vs masculine. It is quite good. You can take this test in parts. Privacy has been recommended while taking the test, you sure don't have problem on that front.

DS Pathania said...

Good to hear that u & Mhadei are racing your way to African coast. Indeed u can hand over this version of wind scale to our ND School it will come in handy for them to explain the Beaufort Scale to bright students like me. Any way sir all the best for times ahead will keep following u.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dilip,
Glad to hear you are making good progress.
Now I understand the Beaufort Scale I always thought it was complicated it is really quite simple.
Enjoy the ride.
Keep safe.

RichieParis said...

Great progress, Commander Dilip, I am delighted by these good news. Mhadei will carry you express delivery to Capetown, surfing on the edge of the front.

Thank you for he scale, unanimously greeted by the bloggers, it is excellent and much funnier than the scientific descriptions. We are all kids, aren't we?

Fair sailing and happy atlantic ride!

The McGraths said...

Hi Dilip,

Love your version your friends have given you of the Beaufort Scale. You're right, it's probably more realistic.

Great to hear you have some strong winds and everything going smoothly.

Always in our thoughts,


The McGraths, Nowra NSW Australia

Anonymous said...

GO Dilip GO!




Anonymous said...

do you think you will catch up with Jessica once again? Your boat seems to be faster than EPL. It´s really exciting to follow you both.
Greetings from (cold) Germany

Anonymous said...

I can mention that Jessica had gusts of force 12 which inverted the boat.

Her comment to that was "It was a little hard at times to maintain my positive and rational thoughts policy".

Does she have guts?

Here is a photo of a force 12 situation.

You are are great sailor too, Dilip!

/Ben Larsson, Sweden

rbelter1 said...

Good to see you are moving right along. Keep it up and you will be around Cape Hope in no time. I really enjoyed the chart. Bob B

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Admiral Didl,
keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

Anonymous said...

looks like some people have nothing else to do as posting messages on blogs...
And what the heck means "keep up them dodgers"???
James K.

RichieParis said...

@Pony Jony
Please email me, Admiral Jony!

Great blog, Commander Dilip!
Do you know the cheese named Beaufort?
Quite a good one, strong and tasty, and IMO well suited to match the brilliant indian cuisine! If you come to France with Mhadei, or without her as she doesn't like cheese, , some day, you should give it a try.
Fair ride and head to South Africa!

Anonymous said...

Well done
Smooth sailing
Richard (QLD) Aus

Lesley Carew said...

Good to see your progress and that it's warming up some what, soon you will be passing the cape of good hope! all the best will be keeping you safe in my thoughts, take care, Lesley

Evie from Bendigo said...

Hello Dilip
I was amused by yours and your friends sense of humour about the beaufort scale.

I hope you are able to out sail the foul weather heading your way from the west. I think you and Jesse have given us bloggers enough stress with foul weather events. Fair weather and fair winds I pray for you.

How about giving us a few ideas on your cooking skills and of course your fishing expertise. Jesse has told us she is running low on tomato sauce and pringles.Obviously you did a stock up in Port Stanley on supplies.

Good sailing

Evie from bendigo

Atty said...

We remember you everyday and let me know when you want a ditty from me I'll compose one for you.I am sure you'll have a jolly good time now on.All the best.

kina said...

Hey Dilip,

loved that version of the wind scale. Would love to be out there in it...yeah right! I'll stay firmly anchored to terra firma thankyou very much lol

You've certainly made good progress
since leaving Port Stanley. I take it you are heading further north like Jesse to avoid the real bad stuff. She's had a couple of nice relaxing days on deck, catching up on schoolwork and recharging the batteries, but now heading east/sou-east.

So it's on to Good Hope. I hope the winds and seas are all you wish for as you head for CoGH.
Smooth sailing Dilip.

Ben (Qld)

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Admiral Didl,
Jess's blog has been disabled for now.
Hope they fix it soon.
So here another message for you: wish you a smooth ride and this time don't forget to say hello to Jess when you catch up with her!
Keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

Rex said...

Good morning, Dilip,
Hope those nasty storms have not caused you any problems, but are helping you fly to the NE toward the Cape of Good Hope. Watching for your next update.
Rex Gibbons
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Trudy said...

Hello Dilip,
great you are having a good run, even though it is a bit rough.
Laughed at the altered Beaufort scale, but up there with 8, 9 or more, would not be a laughing matter anymore!!!!
I wish you good winds but not exceeding 7!!!
Trudy, Austria/Australia

Anonymous said...

@Jony the pony - Why has Jesses blog been disabled?? Does worry me - it's all cloak and dagger stuff and they are not telling us why?? I'm worried. MJ from Brisbane.

Jony the Pony said...

Hi MJ-from-Brisbane,
Liz Harrod told me that they are transfering the blog or something. The blog comments should be up and running again in the next 24 Hrs.
Until then... we'll cheer on Admiral Didl and Absy!
keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

Anonymous said...

Hi Cdr Donde!

Thanks for the update, that wind scale is great! Thanks again for sharing it!
I hope the weather gets better for you.

God Bless you,

Marina from Turin

Cape Breton said...

Hi Dilip,
You sure are making good progress since the repairs in Stanley and I enjoyed your version of the Beaufort scale! Ha Ha.

Good luck with rounding the Cape ahead. PW shows some interesting systems passing through over the next week or so.

from the great Bras d'Or Lakes.

Vishal said...

Great to see you sailing the Atlantic sir... kudos and keep it up... God Bless

Justine said...

I think Jesse's Web-people wanted "more control" over the comments so they tried to handle the blog on their own web server. They should have known that no normal server could keep up with all our interest! Blogspot has worked pretty well up until now. I'd say they can handle the volume. Hopefully they'll either switch to a more powerful server and connection or they'll go back to blogspot!! SOON PLEASE!

Marg said...

Godspeed Commander!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dilip,

Good to see you on your way.J Watsons site has all the sign's of big business, a real shame.They should let the poor girl sail and enjoy herself it's not all about money. Keep your's simple it's very enjoyable.I follow the European sailing circuit and enjoy the battle between the big tri-marrans.I hope you are following Groupama 3 as they are near you.All you armchair sailor's out there just type in Groupama 3 they have a great site.Take care

QLD Australia

RichieParis said...

I don't think so. The management team only tries to get some fruits from the growing tree, and that is just fair for Jesse, whose family is not specially wealthy; it will help to repay debts and to help her going into her life and other challenges... Not "Big" business. Read all the blogs and stories, and you will see she is a fair dinkum self making girl. Business is just like the coffee after a big meal...

(Thank you for the room, Commander Dilip!)

hezakiah299 said...

02-09-10 @ 07:09
Hi Dilip,
WOW, Looks like you've got a tiger by the tail, but you can handle it. Just be careful getting tossed around inside your cabin.
Your Beaufort scale is hilarious, I really enjoyed that, have to save that one in my joke column.
Jessica's blog is undergoing a modification, I believe it's due to the amount of mail that she is getting, she's pretty popular.
You know that Abby had to pull into port, but she's got "Wild Eyes" all fixed up now and is happily on her way.
I hope your sailing goes well for you and you don't cross paths with that guy that we shouldn't mention. You’ve had your share of problems, you need no more!!!!
I guess by now you know if all the repair work was satisfactory, and that Mhadei is satisfied with it. LOL...
I hope you’re able to outrun that bad weather behind you, keep her sailing true.
Good luck to you and take care of yourself.
Your in my prayers.
Michael(75)from Kingwood, WV (USA)

Trina said...

(Sorry Dilip...had to answer)
For sure there's no big business going on at Jessica's site. It is truly her dream and the generosity of her sponsors that made this happen. It is NOT about the fame or money, but I for one certainly hope Jessica's family get out of this not in debt! As for Abby, I'm sure she's a nice girl and a competent sailor, but this voyage and record is ALL about her dad. Who goes out and plops down 90K for a boat (the deed is in her name!) for a birthday gift? As the trip progresses, I'm betting we'll see it get more and more commercial and media hyped. I hope not, but again this looks like it's all about the record and about her dad with liberal praise for God and his talented as: you're one hell of a guy Laurence aka Dad!

Julie Belk said...

@Trina-it does seem that way.
Dilip, you should soon be crossing the "Prime Meridian" another major milestone! Let us know when you get close!!!
Julie Belk

Carolyn said...

Commander Donde,
I hope you're finding good winds and fair weather! I do so much like the way your blog works, that you allow it to update automatically so we can be seen immediately! To reply to our previous two bloggers, yes, I've seen a bit too many of my fellow church members praising God and their childrens' wonderful attributes in such a way that it must reflect well on them as well. Having followed Abby for a few months, I have gotten the impression that this is a family driven adventure. But she's out there now, by herself, so let's give her some leeway and let her find her own voice and two legs to stand on. She'll probably do well in spite of her father's over-bearing involvement.
Carolyn P.

Anonymous said...

DITTO! But I also agree with Carolyn, let her find her own voice. This trip will help her grow out of the confined space her dad creates for her. I'm sure Zac is much more his own man now after being away and some less dependent on his father. Time will tell!

Dilip, you have done well! I'm so glad so many of your friends have found your blog and commented recently!

Candice said...

Dilip, great windscale! I feel that way about raising kids half the time!

Ha! Y'all are a hoot! Can't help but see my husband and all the other dad's wishing for a winning experience for their cub scouts as they "help" their sons build a pinewood derby car! The kids have little to do with the cars but they think they do!

All we can do in Abby's case is hope she comes out a stronger person - and she will, but no way, no how is this all her vision - it's her dad's. As parents we can hover and give our kids every advantage or we can stand back and gently guide them and let them learn most of what they need by personal experience. Abby's dad definitely is over-involved, but I still think Abby will come out a better person. Let's hope an equipment failure does not stop her voyage, injure her, or worse.

Anonymous said...

Do you have any children? Candice is right-sounds like the emotional scale for raising kids! Good one!
Donna H

SUBIR said...

Hi Dilip,
How come total silence? Do keep us posted.
Take Care,

RichieParis said...

Re. Abby, I agree with Candice, Carolyn and Donna...

Hello Commander Dilip,
How's Mhadei, speeding, flying?
Michael says weell with his picturesque tiger by the tail. You might be ahead of your schedule? 4m joining Commander Subir's voice, keep us posted, please...

Anonymous said...

Hi Dilip,
here is my suggestion for when you are back home: find a 16 year old Indian girl and let her sail non-stop, singlehanded around the world.
Success garantueed!

SavitaPune said...

Good one! Finally some jargon translated to ordinary speech..

Keep 'em coming. Stay safe.

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Admiral Didl,
how come you see so little of them Albertos and them Dolfens? Jess sees them all the time!
Have you seen any of them biggy mammals, like them Orkens and them Wheels. Maybe also some of them Whitey Sharkens?
If you see one of those, please take some time to take a picture in your blog.
Keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

Barbara Pearson said...

@Candice and all
I think he's a well meaning dad, but maybe you're right. I think for each one of you who has expressed concern there may be hundreds thinking the same, but I imagine there are thousands who did NOT read between the lines as you have. If you think about it, its like a man building a small company into a huge corporation and then handing his daughter, who has been working as an advertising exec in the company, the presidency of the corporation. She knows parts of the business, but she hasn't really earned the right to be at the top.

Then you look at someone like Sarah Outen who in 2009 at age 24 rowed across the Indian Ocean by herself! 4000 miles in 124 days! Sarah truly earned any records she created. Plus she graduated with a degree in biology from St Edward’s School, Oxford!

Abby may start her life out with a golden spoon in her mouth and the world record, but she'll have to do something on her college to earn self-respect.

It's funny, it's one of those things like people who are gorgeous, or uber-rich, and people who are famous...they never know if they earn people's respect and the jobs etc. because they are deserving or is it that people want to be associated with beauty/money/fame?

I guess we won't answer that here! The dominoes set up by Laurence have already started falling, we'll see where Abby ends up...hopefully in a good place.

Dilip, my apologies, if the subject hadn't been broached here I wouldn't have commented. For those concerned with Abby, let's just hold our tongues or write on Abby's blog, although I don't believe your honesty would be welcome on her (dad's) blog.

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,
I think Mr. Dilip's blog should not be used for comments about Abby.
She out there now and she has got to do it. And Dad or no Dad, at the end she got to deal with her life on her own terms.

Anonymous said...

thank you for the simplified wind scale, it is great to be able to finally get some sort of idea of the sped of the wind when someone says ,oh the wind is blowing at force 7 or something.
One complaint... your posts are fairly infrequent so we have trouble keeping up with your position and condition out there.
Keep the keel pointing down and have a safe journey.Good Luck

Anonymous said...

Before you post your next comment to Commander Dilip Donde, please show him the respect he commands and spare a thought on how he himself would feel to have his blog inundated by comments about Abbey. I know it's hard to resist, I too have my opinions about Abbey and her whole supermarket fiasco but hey, this is COMMANDER DILIP DONDE's blog people!

CLOGS said...

Hi Delip,

Keep up the good sailing, from all of us at "The Joint" in Rais-Margos,Goa.

Reg. John.

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